You know… it really makes me feel depressed to see someone be so ignorant about their own faith and even their own culture…
While I give mad props to any western Muslim woman of any ethnic/cultural background who is out in society, trying to change the often negative perceptions associated with us – still watching this discussion below gave me a slight shiver because while she has the power and capacity to try to make people understand that niqab like the hijab and like practicing the religion are ones own personal choice, instead she basis what she says on her own very obvious feelings of inadequacy and well “feelings”. All I have to say is she must have been made to feel like a “bad Muslim” by somebody during the course of her life all because she doesnt cover…which is ludacris…only Allah subhana wa ta’ala can decide who is a good person and who is a bad person but we should still all stick together as an Ummah, regardless when issues come up which affect how we practice our faith. Y’know…
My thoughts on this discussion are below the video.
Without a doubt, Sister Heba indeed “won” the argument based on logic alone.
First, I couldnt get over how Mona was basically basing everything she said on her own opinions and skewed life experiences. I got the feeling that SHE feels like she is mistreated and maligned by the Muslim community because of her very public role and not covering…so she in turn takes her frustrations out on women who do cover feeling that they make themselves invisible. Which is ludacris as Heba is very active online and in her community as a social activist!
~I found it funny she brought up Saudi…while yes many women there do niqab and probably dont want too…you know, the culture and society is 100% different from France or UK or USA…there it generally boils down to tribal and family honor – not even so much religious as you can easily discern who is wearing niqab for real religious reasons and who is not. Most women wear it because its considered the proper thing for a woman to do, it’ll be shameful if she doesnt. So says several religious Saudi women I was friends with (plus my own experiences in the country)
…But, then to say thats the experience of niqabi women in France, UK or USA is ludacris.
AND then she says about how making it a law will give those women who are “forced” the ability to stand up against their oppressors…and say this is the law…I cant do it. OK frankly…if a woman is truly being forced to wear it, no law is going to change her situation and if she has been told she’ll burn in the hell fire for not wearing it than a law wont change her thinking either, she will wear it regardless.
BUT, I frankly think that those above cases are a very small, small, small minority amongst all western Niqabis. All the niqabis Ive ever known have chosen it willingly based on their own feelings and desire to do so, many had to even convince their families to accept them wearing it!
Also…as far as the law goes…so they’ll either fine u or make u take a citizenship class or both. Which leads me to wonder…so like what if they fine a FRENCH woman who wears niqab…like a real French woman…someone whose family has always been in France with no outside origins…like how can they turn around and tell a Ms. Amelie Deroux (or whatever is a real French name) to attend citizenship classes and meanwhile her family is from Avignon from like 800AD. (I dont know French history/origins that well…so cut me some slack!)
Ah the stupidity of it all.